Russellville and Hartselle win state golf titles

MOBILE – Spain Park High School senior Patrick Martin sank six birdies and 12 pars Tuesday to close the 67


Alabama High School Athletic Association state golf tournament with a 6-under 65 to claim low medalists in the Class 7A boys' division at Mobile's Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove golf course.

Martin's two-day 36-hole total of 133 beat co-runner-up Alex Green of Fairhope and Mountain Brook's Jonathan Eyster by seven strokes. Green had a 68 Tuesday to close at 140. Eyster opened with a 68 Monday but closed at 72 Tuesday for 140 total.

Eyster and his Spartans teammates won the 7A state championship with a 10-over 587 total. Mountain Brook shot 293 Monday and 294 Tuesday.  Fairhope finished second at 606, followed by McGill-Toolen at 614 and Vestavia Hills (622).

The AHSAA State Golf Championships, which began in 1949, completed its final day of the 36-hole competition Tuesday.     Several classifications were still on the course Tuesday afternoon as Martin  headed into the clubhouse with his amazing round.  The 65 is the second best state-tournament round in history. William Sellers of Montgomery Academy shot a 64 in 2012 for the low round. Calum Masters of Providence Christian (2014), Michael Ulmer of Fairhope (2007) and Mathew Swan of Trinity (2004) each also shot rounds of 65 in state-tournament play.  The low round on record in prep play s J.M. O'Toole's 62 for Pinson Valley shot in a regular-season tournament in 2011. Robby Shelton of St. Paul's had a 63 in sub-state play at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery in 2012, and Glenn Northcutt of Houston Academy had a regular-season round of 63 in 2004.

In the girls' competition, seventh grader Michaela Morard shot a 36-hole total 137 to win the Class 6A-7A competition and tied the state tournament record set by Gabi Oubre of Cottage Hill in 2010 for the lowest total in the 34-year history of the AHSAA girls' state tournament.


Straughn High School senior Brooks Rabren followed Monday's AHSAA low round of 66 with a 5-under round of 67 Tuesday to win the Class 4A boys' state individual low medalist honors with a 36-hole total 133 at Mobile's Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove golf course.

That total added Rabren's name to the record books – tying the all-time low 36-hole total set by Robby Shelton of St. Paul's Episcopal in 2013 and equaled by Spain Park's Martin Tuesday in the 7A division.   Rabren finished 9-under for the tournament.

St. James won the Class 4A team championship with 3-over 287 Tuesday – beating runner-up UMS-Wright by 21 strokes for the title.   The Trojans of Coach Aubrey Blackwell finished with a two-day 589 total. UMS finished at 610.  White Plains was third at 625 and Haleyville was fourth at 679.

Walker Carr of St. James shot 1-under 71 Tuesday to finish seven strokes back at 140 for the state champs. Dustin Travis of White Plains carded even par 72 and finished third at 147.  St. James' Chase Hastey fired a 71 to finish fourth at 148.   Trojans teammate Walker Wise had a 73 to finish tied for fifth with UMS-Wright leader Felix Ronderos at 150 – 17 strokes off Rabren's winning pace.


Westbrook Christian was a picture of consistency with two straight rounds of 301 to win the 3A state championship with a 13-over 602 total.  Bayside Academy was second at 616, followed by West Morgan's 626 and Indian Springs' 655 totals.

Bayside junior William Buhl was also consistent with his a second straight 2-under 69 to claim the medalist honors with a 36-hole 138 total. He finished 6-under for the tournament. Jack Sims of Glencoe finished second with his second consecutive even-par 72. Madison Academy's Stephen Coe was third at 145. He shot 72 Tuesday. Indian Springs golfer Chandler Pulliam tied Buhl for low-round honors Tuesday finishing 3-under 69. He shot 78 Monday and was fourth overall with a two-day total 147.


Hartselle trailed Spanish Fort by five strokes, 292-297, after Monday's round but got a strong team effort to close strong and win the Class 6A state championship Tuesday.  All four Tigers' golfers shot 73 or better as Hartselle shot 284 to finish at 581. Spanish Fort shot a 302 to finish second at 594 – 13 strokes off the lead.

William Walker of Northridge won the individual medalist with a 68 Tuesday to finish at 139.  Garrett Reist led Hartselle's comeback effort with a low-round 67 and finished second at 141. Spanish Fort's Charles Wood, who had a 69 Monday, was third at 144 along with Jake Tiffin, who shot a 72 each day to also finish at 144. Jordan Hartsell and Blake Hampton rounded out the Tigers round with 72 and 73, respectively, and finished at 145 and 151 for the tourney.


Russellville won the team championship with a 614 team total, nine strokes better than St. Paul's Episcopal (623).  Guntersville (652) was third and Helena (675), fourth.

Guntersville's Reagan Harrell was medalist with two straight rounds of 71 for a 142 total.  Eli Hodges of Russellville and Garrett Johnson of Mortimer Jordan were three shots back at 145. Hodges had a 72 Tuesday and Johnson a 73.


St. Luke's Episcopal won its second straight state 1A-2A state boys championship with a 587 team total to nip Providence Christian (593). Providence closed St. Luke's first-day lead from 12 strokes to six with a 293 total Tuesday. St. Luke's shot 299.

John Hamn of Decatur Heritage shot a 72-70—142 to capture low medalist honors. Neal Whittington of J.U. Blacksher, Drew Mathers and Payton Massey of St. Luke's each finished three shots back at 145.

Calum Masters of Providence tied Hamn for second-day low round honors with s 70 but finished at 150 after a first-day 80 on Monday.


Seventh grader Michaela Morard of Huntsville shot a 68 Tuesday to finish one stroke ahead of Athens' Micheala Williams and Fairhope's Virginia Green to capture the Class 6A-7A individual championship.

Hoover won the team championship with 229-225—445. Huntsville was second at 451, Muscle Shoals third at 466 and Auburn finished fourth at 475.  The final day's competition was highlighted by four different girls shooting a 68.

Morard, who is on track to graduate high school in the Class of 2020, shot  69 Monday to finish at 137.  Williams, a junior, also shot a 68 Tuesday to finish at 138. Green, who set a state tournament record with 67 Monday, carded a 71 to also finish 138.  Spain Park's Caroline Waldrop had  a 68 and finished at 144. Hoover's Mychael O'Berry also finished with a 144 to tie Waldrop for fourth.


White Plains won the Class 4A-5A state title with a 229-241—470 to beat runner-up Alexandria (487) by 17 strokes.  UMS-Wright was third at 559.

Alabama Christian's Hannah Sagers won the individual championship with a 71-77—148. Helena's Grayson Gladden was second with 150 with two straight rounds of 75. White Plains' Layne Dyar was third with 74-80—154.


Glencoe finished 32-over 494 to win the girls' 1A-3A state championship. Westbrook Christian was second at 508, Winfield third at 528 and Montgomery Academy, fourth, at 568.

Winfield's Molly Norris rebounded from a first-day 81 to card a 3-over 75 Tuesday to earn low medalist honors. Her two-day 156 was one stroke better than first-day leader Hope Bishop of Glencoe. Bishop shot 74 Monday and 83 Tuesday for a 13-over 157 total. American Christian's Stephanie Fowler was third at 162, and Westbrook Christian's Hope Cone shot a 79 to close out the 36-hole competition at 163 to finish fourth.